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State Senate 8

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Oppose
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Oppose
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Oppose
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Oppose
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Support
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Support
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Oppose
It is the law as voted on by Arkansas citizens so we have to react accordingly.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Support
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Support
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Oppose
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Oppose
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Oppose
6. Privacy: Requiring individuals who choose to use changing facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers in public schools, colleges, and government buildings to use the facility designated for their biological sex.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Support
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Support
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Support
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Support
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Support
8. Tort Lawsuits: Limiting noneconomic damages awarded in lawsuits to $500,000 or less in cases of severe injury or death caused by negligence or misconduct.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Undecided
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Oppose
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Oppose
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Oppose
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Denny Altes (Republican)
Support
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Support
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Undecided
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Denny Altes (Republican)
Addressing illegal immigration by curtailing or limiting welfare and social services to illegals is a real possibility. HB1035 last session mandated IDs to receive food stamps. I cosponsored a similar bill many year ago. I believe we can reduce problems with illegal immigrants if, as a nation we build the wall and tighten border security, as well as locally requiring verifiable IDs to receive any public assistance. Immigration is a valuable right for future American citizens, and we have fair immigration laws and requirements; however, when these fair laws are ignored by illegal immigrants, everyone suffers – those who obey the laws and come in legally, existing citizens, even the families of the illegals. We need to enforce the current immigration laws.
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Illegal immigrants have broken the law. They should not be rewarded with amnesty and they should not be allowed to cut in front of people who have lawfully and patiently applied for legal immigration. Sanctuary cities should be prohibited. Further, state and local law enforcement should enter into agreements with federal authorities to turn criminal illegal immigrants over to ICE officials for deportation.
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Illegal immigrants are illegal?
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Denny Altes (Republican)
Mass shootings are committed by people with psychological illness who often use weapons purchased by relatives. This makes identification of potential shooters impossible. And “automatic weapons” are not the issue, since there are several ways to make most rifles fully automatic. However, a reasonable solution is to protect our children in school, rather than try to predict who may harm them. In 1974, Israel issued guns to teachers willing to take defensive arms training; since then, schools in Israel have seen only two shooting, and the shooters were killed immediately. Also, many retired military and law enforcement officers want to volunteer as security at schools. Finally, look at England and Australia where good guys are unarmed, subsequently armed robberies and gun crime has skyrocketed. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
The events in Parkland, Florida, were all the more tragic because law enforcement was aware of the threats and did nothing. When a threat is spotted, we must have a rapid system of intervening that has both law enforcement and social service skills. We have a bureaucratic culture that is afraid of lawsuits and responds only after a tragedy--that must change. We must not permit New York City progressives to use these tragedies to deprive the Second Amendment Rights of law abiding Arkansans.
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
Have a good guy with a gun (trained) when a bad guy with a gun decides to cause a mass shooting.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Denny Altes (Republican)
We need to decrease red tape and business regulation. Drug deaths are epidemic and we cannot afford to lose our youth. I will work to reinstate the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Director, increase Drug Crime Fees, appropriate General Revenue for Prevention, tighten use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, make Naloxone available to School Nurses, and define a Prescribing Agent. We need an Alcohol excise tax of ten cents per gallon to be used for prevention and law enforcement, ban powdered caffeine and alcohol, regulate Pain Clinics inventory, set maximum dosages, and maximum patients. I will seek permanent funding for our Drug Task Forces, and try to find an alternative to incarceration for DWI offenders.
Frank Glidewell (Republican)
Corruption is all too prevalent in our state. We must increase the transparency of how government contracts are awarded and also increase prohibitions on corrupt back room deals so cronyism doesn’t cheat taxpayers from having a well-managed and lean government. Eliminate the fraud-prone GIF funds and direct those funds towards paying for roadway improvement projects.
Mathew Pitsch (Republican)
What my constituent’s ask me to.